The Intelligence Bureau has issued a warning that Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists
are planning an attack on opposition leader LK Advani. This is the second
warning of its kind. Earlier the agency had claimed that ISI and Dawood Ibrahim
were planning to assassinate the opposition leader. The warning is a puzzle. Why
issue it publicly? Such publicity violates standard security drill.
When there is intelligence of impending danger the information is quietly passed on to the relevant security personnel. If the danger justifies cancellation or change of a VIP’s plans this is quietly accomplished under some pretext. The idea is to not alert the intending terrorists. Instead of which the IB is blaring its information to the whole world. If this is being done to impress higher-ups that it is doing its job the IB is in fact multiplying the danger to the intended victim. Sometimes politicians publicize false security threats to themselves in order to acquire or enhance security arrangements. When official agencies publicize individual security threats the implications can be sinister.
The fact is that political VIPs generally have several hostile forces wanting to eliminate them. By announcing before hand the identity of the intending assassin the IB is tempting other forces wanting to harm the victim. Once the culprit of a possible future crime is already identified, does it not offer cover to all hostile forces that want to harm the victim?
By its repeated public warnings the IB has in fact laid the foundation for a preconceived theory for any terrorist attack that might target LK Advani. It is highly unprofessional and dangerous. Will Home Minister Shivraj Patil take note?
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